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Feeding Brassicas

Most animal health problems in brassicas are seen in the first few days of feeding them, particularly if hungry animals are put onto a crop. Stock intake of brassicas can be very high, and in some cases this has led to rapid death of animals.[click to read on]

Roches Feeds - Grass Watch Week 39

Samples for week 39 were taken on the 24/9/18. Grass Growth remains good for the time of year with grass proteins also remaining high due to most farmers continuing to spread chemical fertilizer. Grass quality overall remains good with ME also remaining high. The biggest issue will be Dry matters and ensuring cows are fully fed. It is very important farmers take DM % into account when measuring and allocating grass. For every 1% reduction in DM below 18%, intake is reduced by 0.34kgDM. For example when DM is reduced from 19.1% to 13.6% grass intake is reduced by 1.5kgDM which is ~ 17 MJ which equates to a milk loss of approximately 3.2 litres.

Grass Watch 2018 - Week 33

Samples for week 33 were taken on the 13/08/18. Average growth rates dropped slightly last week due to the return of drought conditions in some areas but with most areas receiving rainfall in the last couple of days we expect them to improve further over the coming week.. [click to read on]

Fodder Calculator

Our Fodder Budget Calculator will let you calculate how much fodder you currently have, how much you need and whether or not you have a shortage or surplus. It is important to decide sooner rather than later what the shortfall is and how best to make it up if there is one.

Grass Watch 2018 - Week 32

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Samples for week 32 were taken on the 06/08/18. Growth rates across the country continue to vary with some areas experiencing more rainfall than others. Unfortunately grass still remains scarce in many areas but in the West and Southwest of the country where they have received substantial amounts of rainfall grass growth has been good..[click below to read on]

Grass Watch 2018 - Week 30

Samples for last week were taken on 30/7/18. Although most parts of Ireland received rain last week, there was significant regional variation in the amount received, with soil moisture deficits remaining very high in Eastern and Southern parts of the country. Due to the high soil moisture deficits in these parts grass growth remains very low for Leinster at 22kgDM/ha/day and Munster at 26kgDM/ha/day. Conditions in Connacht are that bit more favourable with grass growth at 51kgDM/ha/day in some areas.[click below to read on]

Grass Watch 2018: Week 29 - Summary Update

Samples for week 29 were taken on the 18/07/18. Average growth rates remain very low as drought conditions remain. Average growth rates are at 22 kg DM/ha. From the 18th June average grass dry matter has went from 17.5% up to 23.6% on the 2nd of July, dropping back slightly to 22.4% as of last week (16th July). This time last year grass dry matters were <16%. Several samples submitted last week (16th July) were >26% dry matter. It’s important to adjust for these higher dry matters when formulating diets at the moment.. [click to read on]

Grass Watch 2018 - Week 27

Samples for week 27 were taken on the 02/07/18. Average growth rates have continued to fall in the past week with growth rates nearly coming to a standstill in some areas. With these conditions set to remain for the foreseeable future and some farms already out of grass, full buffer feeding is now inevitable on some farms. Reducing daily grass demand below daily growth is a key factor in maintaining grass cover and helping to speed grass recovery following any rainfall that does occur. Rotations should be maintained at approximately 25-27 days with forage and concentrate offered to balance demand...[click to read on]

Grass Watch 2018 - Week 25

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Samples for week 25 were taken on the 18/06/18. Average growth rates have continued to fall in the past week with growth nearly coming to a standstill in some places. With little or no significant rainfall forecast for the foreseeable future, soil moisture levels are going to continue to come under pressure impacting grass growth. Like mentioned last week there should be careful consideration of grass supply.

Grass Watch 2018: Week 24

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Samples for week 24 were taken on the 11/06/18. Average growth rates have continued to fall in the past week due to the dry conditions being experienced in most areas. Average growth rates dropped this week from 81 kg DM/ha to 50 kg DM/ha. Although some areas received small amounts of rain over the past week it was just about enough to keep grass green and didn’t boost growth a whole lot [click to read on]

Grass Watch 2018 - Week 23

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Samples for week 23 were taken on the 04/06/18. Average growth rates have fallen in the past week due to the dry conditions being experienced in some areas. However a large range in growth rates is currently evident across the monitor farms.[click to read on]

Grass Watch 2018: Week 22

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Samples for week 22 were taken on the 28/5/18. Growth rates continued to increase last week with average figures from Pasturebase Ireland averaging around 84 kg DM/ha/day. With temperatures remaining high and some areas getting little or no rainfall it will be important to monitor growth rates if this weather remains as growth rates could be suppressed in some areas... [click to read on]

Grass Watch 2018: Week 21

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Samples for week 21 were taken the 21/5/18. Weather around this time was quite broken, so grass dry matters were found to be quite low for the time of year. DM content of grass can significantly affect herbage intakes at pasture. The grass nutrient content will be diluted by the presence of water as well as this excess water also has physical limitations. By being aware of dry matters and how they can vary, farmers can combat changes ensuring the cow’s nutritional requirements are met. [Read On...]

Grass Watch 2018

Grass Watch Programme

Calf Rearing 2018

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We've put together some quick, useful tips which might help you in calving season in 2018.

Our 2nd Annual Dairy Conference

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We held our 2nd annual Dairy Conference in Thomond Park on the 10th January 2018 and thankfully it proved to be a great success. Our five guest speakers and our Chairman's insight into dairying and the content of their presentations proved invaluable.

Pulmo CX - How it helps

Prevention of Respiratory and Digestive Disorders... Click the link below for full analysis

Effect of Saccharomyces cerevisiae on performance, metabolic profile and rumen fluid in lactating co

In this article, notable point of discussion are - Coccidiosis - Pulmo CX - Case Studies from around the world on real life examples

Safmannen Testimonial from Chris Pickering

"Calves on Safmannen were also brighter in themselves," said Chris. "We noticed a reduction in respiratory issues and saw practically no scouring. Calves were up and bright and keen to feed. What's more our antibiotic usage has reduced by 70%. Read the full article below.

Cryptosporidiosis in Young Calves

Cryptosporidiosis in Young Calves by Michael Casey of Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (IFM) Cryptosporidium parvum is a small single-celled intestinal parasite capable of infecting all mammals, and is closely related to coccida, writes Mícheál Casey, head of regional veterinary laboratories, Backweston Laboratory Campus, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Cryptosporidium parvum multiples in the gut of infected animals, and damages the lining of the lower end of the small intestine, resulting in... [read on below]

Mr. David Keiley Presents: 'Practical Management & Economics of Zero Grazing'

Our final paper in this year's series is written by David Keiley, Senior Dairy Consultant in SRUC in Scotland. It's entitled 'Practical Management & Economics of Zero Grazing' and it is a very interesting read. Please click on the link below to read it.

Professor Alex Evans Presents: Establishing Pregnancy in Dairy Cattle: Challenges and Management Con

Professor Alex Evans of UCD presents: "Establishing Pregnancy in Dairy Cattle: Challenges and Management Considerations." (Excerpt) Maximise the benefits of a grass based system: Aim to have a cow calf per cow per year with peak lactation to correspond with peak grass growth. 1. Parturition. Difficulties decrease prognosis for subsequent good uterine environment. LIMITATIONS TO PREGNANCY: 2. Post Partum disease and energy balance [Read On below]

Dr. Karina Pierce Presents: "Challenges of Managing the Higher Yielding Spring Calving Cow in a Gras

(Excerpt) Acknowledgements Team Effort! • Prof Finbar Mulligan • Dr Bridget Lynch • Luke O’Grady BVMS • Prof Alan Fahey • Dr Michael Wallace • Dr Jenny Davis • Farm staff and students at Lyons ________________ Presentation Outline • Irish dairy production in post- quota era • What are the key challenges? • Lessons from the UCD Lyons Dairy Systems trial so far • Take home messages ________________

Professor Finbar Mulligan Presents 'Nutrition for Dry and Early Lactation Dairy Cows'

Professor Finbar Mulligan presents: 'Nutrition for Dry and Early Lactation Dairy Cows': (Excerpt) "Aims of nutrition programmes at this time – To provide a healthy transition period – To ensure production is not compromised – To create a nutritional or metabolic status that allows for good fertility outcomes Nutrition for dry and early lactation dairy cows Difficult calving Retained placenta Uterine infections Acidosis Ketosis Fatty liver Milk fever Displaced abomasum Mastitis Laminitis Most disease conditions of dairy cows occur during the transition period 3 weeks pre- to 3 weeks post-calving"......

Prof. Jo Leroy Presents “Feeding for Optimal oocyte and embryo quality, where to start”

(An Excerpt from the following presentation) In this talk ... • Energy metabolism and fertility: focusing on what really matters • Fertility ... the deep dive • How sensitive is that oocyte and how important are anti-oxidants? • Conclusions Metabolic Health and antioxidants in dairy cows The sole way to reproductive performance? Jo Leroy DVM, PhD

€2415 raised by Roche's Feeds for Movember

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We are delighted to announce that Roche's Feeds employees have raised €2415 for the Movember Foundation. We all grew Moustaches, beards, or went on the move for the worthy cause during the month of November and collected sponsorship for doing so. Thank you to everyone who contributed, sponsored or took part in the event. We really appreciate it. If you would like to know more about the Movember Foundation or the great work they do you can check them out at www.movember.com Thank you again for your generosity, All at Roche's Feeds

Movember 2016

40 Roche's Feeds employees have just completed Movember for the very worthy charity. Some grew a moustache or beard, some went On the Move and did extra physical activity and some collected money.

Roche’s Feeds – Feeds to Nourish a Lifetime Performance.

The concept of nutrition for life is key to the new line of dairy and beef feeds being formulated and developed by Roche’s Feeds. We have embraced in this the longevity for the animal, animal health and welfare and the fact that correct nutrition tailored for the stage of life of the animal aids health, reduces stress and antibiotic usage on farm animals. We are using the very latest scientific developments in additives to minimise the risk of pathogenic diseases and metabolic diseases to animals through appropriate use of essential oils, yeasts and beta-glucans, buffers, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.

Munster Rugby Sponsor for a Day Competition

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Roche's Feeds Shortlisted for Munster Rugby's Sponsor for a Day Competition.

Office Opening Hours

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We are now operating under our Summer Opening Hours. 8.30am to 5pm

Deloitte Best Managed Companies 2015

Roche's Feeds win Gold Standard Award for 2015.

Midwest IHFA Annual Awards

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John & Paul Hannon win a record sixth Herd of the Year Award.

Latest news

Feeding Brassicas

Most animal health problems in brassicas are seen in the first few days of feeding them, particularly if hungry animals are put onto a crop. Stock intake of brassicas can be very high, and in some cases this has led to rapid death of animals.[click to read on]... Read More »

Roches Feeds - Grass Watch Week 39

Samples for week 39 were taken on the 24/9/18. Grass Growth remains good for the time of year with grass proteins also remaining high due to most farmers continuing to spread chemical fertilizer. Grass quality overall remains good with ME also remaining high. The biggest issue will be Dry matters and ensuring cows are fully fed. It is very important farmers take DM % into account when measuring and allocating grass. For every 1% reduction in DM below 18%, intake is reduced by 0.34kgDM. For example when DM is reduced from 19.1% to 13.6% grass intake is reduced by 1.5kgDM which is ~ 17 MJ which equates to a milk loss of approximately 3.2 litres. ... Read More »

Grass Watch 2018 - Week 33

Samples for week 33 were taken on the 13/08/18. Average growth rates dropped slightly last week due to the return of drought conditions in some areas but with most areas receiving rainfall in the last couple of days we expect them to improve further over the coming week.. [click to read on]... Read More »

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We at Roche's Feeds wish to advise customers that every effort has been made to make the information on this website accurate. However rations may have to be changed at the discretion of the Nutritionist as a result of market forces.  Should this arise we will substitute the product with an alternative ingredient of a similar structure. A product may also be changed to improve the benefits of the mix in the best interests of the farmer.